Headshots of three students smiling at the camera.
Cerys Butterill, Tanvi Chopra and Amber Humphries are helping to develop coastal mapping.

Three Edge Hill students are helping to turn the tide on research into coastal erosion. 

Cerys Butterill, Tanvi Chopra and Amber Humphries are helping to develop a new coastal mapping product which explores how resilient coastal areas are and their potential vulnerability to erosion and flooding. 

The mapping, developed during their internships with the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) geology project, will be used by international policy makers and national and regional coastal managers as they address one of Europe’s most obvious climate change effects: the loss of land through coastal erosion. 

Amber said: “As someone who wants to work in the coastal sector after graduating, this opportunity has given me a unique insight into the diverse nature of European coastlines and the areas that are most in need of protection. Being highly competent in geographic information system (GIS) technology provides an extra level of knowledge that I can offer to employers.” 

Tanvi said: “Working as part of the EMODnet team has greatly enhanced my technical skills, working with large datasets has enhanced my critical-thinking; and creating a larger map for the EMODnet database has boosted my GIS skills.” 

And Cerys added: “This internship has given me the chance to be involved in a project with industry professionals and develop my personal and professional skills. I believe the skills I’ve learned will greatly influence my career prospects and I’d encourage anyone thinking of applying for an internship to make the most of every opportunity.” 

While on internship – secured through Edge Hill’s Geography and Geology Department – the students are working with Head of Department Professor Cherith Moses, Dr Sytze van Heteren of the Geological Survey of the Netherlands and 39 partner organisations in 30 European countries. 

Cerys, Tanvi and Amber presented their work in a virtual exhibition at this summer’s international EMODnet Open Conference which showcases current EMODnet data, data products and services. 

Professor Moses said the students’ work was “fundamental to the development of the future EMODnet geology pan-European map product”. 

“Their knowledge of the latest developments in geospatial analyses and expertise in the use of GIS, gained through our Digital Geographies module, enables them to work effectively with scientists and data analysts across Europe. We were delighted to have our short presentation accepted for the EMODnet Open Conference – not just to showcase our work but to provide Amber, Cerys and Tanvi with experience of presenting their work at an international industry conference.” 

There are a number of high-quality courses on offer within Edge Hill University’s Department of Geography and Geology. Teaching combines laboratory and workshop practical activities, lectures and seminars, directed independent study, dissertation supervision, tutorials and fieldwork, in addition to a variety of development opportunities in careers and employability